Join us on this beautiful hike to Smith Mountain and a lunch retreat to a lovely creek.
First we will meet at Highway 39 and Smith Mountain Trailhead. We will hike 3 miles to Smith Saddle then head up and tackle the top of Smith Mountain, one half mile up and 800 feet of elevation gain. Next we will head down the east side of the saddle into Bear Creek Canyon in the San Gabriel Wilderness for about 2.5 miles where we will have lunch. Then we will return home the same way we came.
The views from Smith Mountain are breathtaking. To the south, the San Gabriel Mountains taper off toward the San Gabriel Valley. To the west Bear Creek Canyon is cradled by Twin Peaks and Mount Waterman. Mount Islip rises to the north beyond a neighboring summit on the ridge north of Smith Saddle. Mount Hawkins looms to the northeast, and to the east is the most recognizable high peak, Mount Baldy.
Bring: The weather may be warm so please bring at least 2-3 liters of water, snacks, lunch, a hat, poles if you use them, sunscreen and your ten essentials.
WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL LEADERS OR HIKERS. WE ARE JUST INVITING YOU TO JOIN US ON THIS HIKE. PLEASE KNOW YOUR OWN LIMITATIONS AS HIKING CAN BE A DANGEROUS ACTIVITY AND BY COMING ALONG YOU AGREE TO HOLD THE GROUP, ITS LEADERS AND MEMBERS HARMLESS OF ANY LIABILITY FROM ANY MISHAP THAT YOU MAY INCUR. YOU AGREE TO BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS SHOULD A MISHAP OCCUR.